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YTL Arena plans take off

Bristol’s new YTL Arena has been given a boost after the UK Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government made the decision not to call in the application for further scrutiny.

The Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, was happy with the decision made by Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council, and saw no reason to further examine the application.

On 4 March, Bristol City Council’s planning committee voted to approve the application to build a 17,080-capacity arena in the Brabazon Hangars on Filton Airfield.

On 19 March, South Gloucestershire Council’s planning committee approved applications to build a temporary 1,800 space car park, access for delivery vehicles from the north, across the former airfield and via West Way, and a new pedestrian bridge over the existing railway track, which will serve as the main entrance to the arena.

The decision is the final approval needed to push forward plans to deliver an arena for Bristol and the South West. The arena, expected to open in 2023, will be the third largest arena in the UK, putting Bristol on the world stage for live music and entertainment.

Andrew Billingham, managing directorof YTL Arena Complex, Bristol said:

During the current COVID-19 crisis this is especially welcomed news. It is a huge step forward for everybody in Bristol and the region.

We are fully committed to opening a venue that will inspire future generations, giving our great city a beating heart across the global music and entertainment industry.